As natural resources dwindle on Staten Island, our parks are becoming ever more important as oases for plants and animals. Long Pond Park provides an important stop on the Atlantic flyway for migrating birds as well as being a place of respite and recreation for many people. This unique area is composed of a combination of wetland and woodland, including naturally formed Long Pond.
Long Pond is one of the most pristine ponds in the New York City area. Located 65 feet above sea level, it is fed completely from underground springs. Due to its elevation, the pond does not receive surface water, thus it resists pollutants that often flow into bodies of water from surface run-off. With its special level of purity, the pond is a vital habitat supporting many species of animals.